ReadersMagnet Review recommends these five interesting authors to check this month.
Scott Rahn’s book on histories and legends of the world, entitled The Book of It, is as interesting as the author’s. As a young boy growing up on a farm in Illinois, Scott Rahn already observed how natural phenomena and man-made events affect the future. He began to take a closer look at the course of history. Rahn examines why ‘almost everything in humanity’s world and the beliefs that guided those things”. His interests in history, culture, literature, religion, and their respective texts brought Scott to many fields and areas of study. Finally, he compiled his studies and insights in one philosophical book, released in 2014. The fascinating world of Scott Rahn is unlike we’ve ever seen, and we are looking forward to more adventures.
While best known for his debut novel, The Divinity Student, the American writer, Deleuzian academic, professor, and translator has since established himself as one of the interesting authors of this decade. Cisco has released many novels, chapbooks, short story collections, and non-fiction works, including The Great Lover, Unlanguage, and Their Silent Faces. His latest work is a non-fiction masterpiece, Antisocieties. Released just this year, Antisocieties explores the concept of isolation and what it does to people and what isolated people do to each other. This timely and poignant work is a collection of ten short stories that are portraits of today’s society. Michael Cisco yet again shows us his brilliance and sharp eye in these interesting yet troubling times.
Speaking of isolation, one of the many reminders that the pandemic (and being confined to our homes) has taught us is to be mindful of everyday things and routines and not take them for granted. With this thought, a classic work comes to mind- The Beauty of Everyday Things by the Japanese art critic and philosopher Yanagi Sōetsu. Inspired by the simplicity and beauty of ordinary Japanese arts and crafts, Yanagi takes us on a philosophical journey, one that will teach us honesty, the value of hard passionate labor, and embracing life’s imperfections. Yanagi’s timeless insights on everyday things and the beauty of modesty are what we need in today’s fast-changing world dominated by machines and modern living.
Rachel Kusner is known for her novel award-winning novels Telex from Cuba (2008), The Flamethrowers (2013), and The Mars Room (2018). But what landed Kushner on our list is her recent collection of essays published recently, The Hard Crowd. Here, Kushner showcases her thoughts covering a period of two decades (2000 to 2020). For the first time, we get a glimpse of the author’s life as a young wild-spirited, hard-rocking girl full of adventures and stories, from a Palestinian refugee camp to an illegal motorcycle race down the Baja Peninsula, the 1970s wildcat strikes in Fiat factories, her love of classic cars, and her young life in the music scene of her hometown, San Francisco. Kushner’s recent masterpiece is a book of revelations.
From his debut book Strange Angel by The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons to fictional narrative about Millard Filmore (The Remarkable Millard Fillmore: The Unbelievable Life of a Forgotten President) to his weird but hilarious autobiography, George Pendle never fails to interest us with his works. The British author and journalist currently living in New York blends history, tragedy, comedy, and wild imagination in his works but writes with a purposefulness that is hard to ignore. His works also touch on death, the future, purpose, magic, and paranoia. Pendle also writes for Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, Frieze, Cabinet magazine, History Today, and Bidoun.